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PostPosted: Sep 15th, '12, 13:21 
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All planted out!

Looking forward to seeing how they go.

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Looks great. I like the way you did the drain and you came out with a nice neat bed.

I wound up cutting an X in the fabric above the rocks on my later beds (you get a better seal if you push the pipe through). There's some guesswork on exactly where to cut but it's pretty easy.

A couple of easy mods to this would be to use 4 X 4 posts in the corners and at the middle of the bed. You could then attach a wood top plate to protect you from the top edge and give you a place to sit. These could also be on the outside.

You could also bring the plastic up higher on the sides and install an elbow on the drain to regulate the water height inside the bed.


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looking good.....

I think you will like the bed.......

fill it and almost forget it... :)

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Thanks for the encouragement :-) A top rail is definitely part of the design, however at around $60 per bed it gets a bit pricey if using jarrah. Got the second bed planted out today, it's easy when you have all the materials laid out :-)
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gumtree the jarrah mate, you'll be surprised what people are looking to get shot of. cheap too.


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Thanks Steve, found some good deals on gum tree so will get some corner pieces soon :-)

Put up a third bed today, changed the design a bit by putting some vertical posts halfway along to stop the sides from bowing, this works really well, and allows the plastic to be a bit higher so more water can stay in the reservoir.

I also changed the overflow a bit, siliconed the plastic around it so I can raise the water level if required.

Very happy with the new design :-)

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Got the last one done today.

As I'd changed the design slightly I thought I'd document the process, to show how easy it is for someone else who might be toying with the idea of making one...

It makes life easier if you predrill the holes first:
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Jarrah legs cut. The short ones go in the corners, and are 55cm long. The long ones go in the middle to stop the panels bowing, and are 65 cm long.
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Panels partially assembled. Make sure you attach the corners to the short sides, not the long ones. This makes assembly much easier.
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Assembling the panels. Note that the long side can rest on the short one, this is far easier than juggling two panels and a drill if you did things the other way.
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Note the long legs in the middle legs, these are held in place by the ground to stop the middle of the panels bowing outwards. Also note that the screws are slightly offset, this is to stop them hitting each other in the middle of the jarrah corner leg!
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Dig holes for all the legs
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And get everything as level as you can.
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For this overflow I poked a hole in the plastic, and used half a tube of silicone (well not quite, but loads of the stuff anyway) to seal the overflow pipe to the plastic. This allows you to adjust the level of the water later on by adding an elbow to the overflow.
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Some fencing wire between the two middle posts keeps everything nice and straight.
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All planted out!
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I have to say that shovelling and barrowing 4 cubic metres of soil and gravel in 2 weekends is... hard, honest work :blackeye:

Time for a beer! :drunken:

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nice work nebbian... I learnt a few things seeing the whole process, thanks for sharing


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great work nebbian....

always nice to see more beds being built

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Well done!


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Plants are really going well now.

A pumpkin plant
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Tomatoes

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Snow peas
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Overall I'm really happy with the growth, the watermelons in the wicking beds are beating the ones in the aquaponics, although the ap tomatoes are beating the wb ones.

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